The cards you are dealt can be changed into a winning hand.

LIFE really is a game. It has very complex rules and sometimes it feels like the rule are being changed mid-game! But the truth is that, like any game, you can study it .. you can connect the dots from your past move and find a personal formula that can help manifest your future .. the winning hand.

I recently played a game of crazy eight with the kids. It has been over 5 years since played last and I didn’t want to play .. the pain of how long that game is, the constant picking up of new cards .. etc .. but under pressure I played anyways.

I was watching how my kids approached the game vs me. I was reminded of something that day .. what was fun to watch was that they did not get ‘defeated’ by the first draw of their cards. They knew that with each pass or with each turn, they get to pick up new cards and EVERY new card had the potential to impact their hand. Good or bad, there was on opportunity to change their outcome with new cards. They looked forward to picking up more cards .. its an innocence we lose as we get older. We put a ton of pressure on being right .. or winning fast and in the hustle, we forget the excitement and fun that comes from embracing ‘the next turn’ ..

I hope the next move you make or the next ‘cards’ you pick up in life get you excited about the possibility of changing the cards your dealt in work or life.. and get your winning hand in life.

– with Love

The person who invented the ship also invented the shipwreck.

I read this a few days ago and it struck me how relevant this is to young CEOs. I come from a time when they did not teach ‘entrepreneurship’ .. and learning on the job was a given. I knew that I will be building and breaking the company as I figured out my role as a CEO.

Today, I meet many new CEO’s or startups who are looking for the perfect formula. They want to make as little mistakes as possible and avoid the ‘shipwreck’. All the help books, YouTube videos and mentors in the world can’t save you from the real lessons that come from making decisions and living with the lessons.

Like the quote said, “the person who invented the ship also invented the shipwreck” .. understand that this will inevitable and continue to work your dreams without fear.

I am off to CES for the first time and looking forward to a few days of ‘back to the future’ .. if you are in Vegas for CES, let’s connect!

– With Love

Sleep when you are done!

I get this question all the time .. “how many hours of sleep do you get?” Or “with all the stuff you do, when do you get to sleep”

My answer is .. I sleep when I am done.

What I mean is that, everyday I have a list of goals to hit. Hitting them daily (and I will share how I setup my micro daily goals in another post) is how I maintain momentum. Consistent momentum is how you build towards achieving your goals.

When I sleep daily is based on “feeling done” .. when I feel like I can’t accomplish any more towards my daily tasks, it is time to shut off and start again. Some days it’s not till very late into the night and some days, I am in bed by 7pm if nothing else is going on.

Listen, if 20hr days is your thing .. cool! Go for it .. but without balance, not only will you burn out, most likely you are also missing out on other important life moments. Take it from me,  I don’t remember much of my 20s. other than work on my agency. I kept very few friend and I have lots of missed life moments sitting in the office for 15hr a day.

Just saying.

– with love

Lose money, NOT TIME!

Lose money NOT time. You can make more money with time, but the time you waste in procrastination, hesitating, over thinking, not trusting the universe, not listening to your gut .. that time can’t be earned back.

That’s the real loss.

Risks are scary. I get it. I have made many poor decisions during my businesses and have lost lots of money during the process but making the decisions when needed taught me more than holding on to the money and living in fear.
Choose time over money and over time .. you will make more money.

– with love

Learn to FORGIVE!

We are taught so many things in life .. but not how to forgive. How to forgive and move on .. how to truly say sorry and how to heal without hate.

I spent the year forgiving people. Forgiving myself.

I leave it all behind in 2018 and move forward with hope and love.

– with love

Life is too short to play it small!

You have heard it before .. “life is too short so don’t play small” .. and to add to that, another favourite quote of mine is “no one has a two-day guarantee in life” .. I am sharing these again as final thoughts for 2018.

This year, I broke out of my comfort zone, travelled more, shared more stories and lessons, met incredible people all over the world and partnered with two amazing co-founders. “Playing small” only hurts you. When you live without fear and focus on serving and sharing the best of you with the world, the results and rewards are life changing.

Wishing everyone I know an amazing 2019!

– with love

Plan B your life.

Always have a Plan B … too many of you move too fast or too reactive without thinking thru the next few moves.

Give yourself time to stop, slow down and reflect at least once a week. Take a step back and see the big picture.

The best time to create a Plan B is when you don’t need it yet.

Think about your business, personal life .. your clients, staff .. take the time to connect the dots, think of worst case scenarios .. create your Plan B.

I got two mics. 🙏🏻

– with love

Choose FEAR

Growth is a funny thing. We all want to grow .. we read about it and lots of people talk about it .. but how? In my opinion, real growth is hidden.

Hidden deep within the things that scare you. When you choose to pursue the things that scare you the most .. you will meet up with ‘your growth moment’ .. when you push through your fears, you grow.

The best part of this is that once you grow out of your current comfort zone .. you can never go back. It’s the new you and than you start again with the process.

Becoming an entrepreneur or following your passion for music and arts or working towards that office promotion .. whatever you desire ..

Choose to go after the things that scare you.

– with love

Change your label. Change your future.

From being labelled “dumb and stupid” in #singapore to “entrepreneur, CEO and mentor” in Canada .: what an incredible journey of growth over the past 20 years.

I have had some amazing coaches and mentors to guide me along the way. People who saw greatness in me before I did. No one can do it alone.

Hoping to play my small part in the success of others thru my past experiences and personal history.

Get in touch if you can use some help and guidance.

– with love

Write your FUTURE

Whatever it is that you dream of .. conventional wisdom says, “start and figure it out” .. “get moving” .. “take the first step .. “ etc .. but I can tell you from experience, STEP ONE is to write down your FUTURE.

At 20, I wrote the following, (without a plan)

1. I want to help companies with Tech solutions

2. I want to make 100k

3. I want an office downtown, on Spadina

4. I want to have 2 people working for me

5. I will attend 3 networking events weekly

As soon as I wrote this, it became a real plan. It gave me milestones I can track and measure against. I reviewed the list daily .. decisions I made in business and for myself were more disciplined and kept me on the path to my achieve my goals. I was able to articulate to everyone i met my vision and the effort it needed.

Writing it down also forced me to have a gut check and sprinkle some reality into the thinking. What can I really accomplish? Who is in my corner to help me? What skills do I needed to work on? .. you get the picture.

While the journey took close to 3 years, I had that list checked off by the time I turned 23. We were working with 3 top CPG clients making websites, I had a small office at Spadina and Dundas .. You can literally WRITE YOUR FUTURE. – with love